Combining Ultra HD 4K video recording with in-camera 4K cropping and editing tools, the Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder offers simple yet powerful operation to enable users of all levels to capture high-quality UHD 4K and Full HD video. The camcorder is packed with advanced features including an HDR Movie Mode to retain more highlight and shadow information, and a Wireless Multicamera function that lets you add and record up to two picture-in-picture video feeds from mobile devices connected via Wi-Fi. This gives you the ability to capture multiple angles and viewpoints simultaneously for a unique video experience.
The camcorder features a 1/2.3" backside-illuminated (BSI) MOS sensor with an 8.29MP effective resolution that combines with a Crystal Engine 4K image processor to support UHD 4K video at 24/30 fps and 1080p video up to 60 fps. The camera is also able to take up to 25.9MP interpolated still images, and offers the ability to extract still photos directly from your 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode. It also adds 4K editing tools that allow you to perform in-camera cropping, zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing to your 4K footage. The edited video is saved in 1080p resolution.
Optically, the camcorder utilizes a Leica Dicomar lens that provides a 20x optical zoom range and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 30.8mm at the wide end. Intelligent zoom boosts that range up to 40x for Full HD and 25x for 4K recording. To keep excessive image vibration to a minimum, for steadier handheld shooting, the HC-VX981K features Panasonic's HYBRID O.I.S.+ which combines optical and digital image stabilization to provide 5-axis correction. It can then be combined with Panasonic's Level Shot function to produce clearer, level, and more stable looking handheld footage.
The camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi supports the Wireless Multicamera feature, along with other functionality through the Panasonic Image App. These functions include remote camera control, live image monitoring, and file uploading directly to social media sites. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded. Additionally, there's a Baby Monitor function which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network.
Wireless Multicamera enables picture-in-picture recording using Wi-Fi connected mobile devices. You can connect up to three mobile devices at a time and use two of them to record picture-in-picture images. This makes it easy and fun to capture multiple angles and viewpoints at once.
In-Camera 4K Cropping and Editing Tools
Built-in editing tools allow you to crop your 4K video and add effects such as zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing. The edited videos are saved at 1080p resolution.
4K Photo Mode
Pause and extract 4K (8.29MP) still images from 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie Mode
By combining two images taken with different exposure times, the HDR Movie function suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper, clearer videos. With HDR you can maintain gradation in your images in difficult shooting situations, like when your subject is back-lit.
5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+
Stabilized on 5 axes (pan, tilt, and roll axes, plus horizontal and vertical directions), the HYBRID O.I.S+ suppresses blurring and jitters in your videos when not using a tripod or other stabilizer.
Level Shot Function
Level Shot automatically detects and corrects tilting in images. It can be adjusted to three different levels-OFF, Normal or Strong-depending on shooting conditions.
In addition to Wireless Multicamera, the camera is also able to take advantage of remote control and image sharing from a smartphone or tablet using Panasonic's mobile app. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded.
Built-in Wi-Fi also enables you to take advantage of the Baby Monitor feature, which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network. You also can speak to your baby via your smartphone or have a notification sent to you when the camera detects that your baby is crying.
Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
Panasonic HC-VX981K Specs
Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.3" MOS
Backside Illumination Yes
Sensor Resolution 18.91 MP
Effective Pixels 8.3 MP (16:9 Video)
6.1 MP (16:9 Video)
8.3 MP (16:9 Photo)
7 MP (3:2 Photo)
6.2 MP (4:3 Photo)
Focal Length 4.08 to 81.6mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 30.8 to 626 at 16:9 4K (Level Shot Function OFF)
37 to 752 at 16:9 Full HD (Level Shot Function Off or Normal)
30.8 to 626 at 16:9 Photo
34.5 to 690.3 at 3:2 Photo
37.6 to 752.8 at 4:3 Photo
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/3.6
Zoom Optical: 20x
Intelligent: 25x 4K
Intelligent: 40x (in HD)
Filter Size 49 mm
Recording Media 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (72 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 24/60 fps (50 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
1280 x 720p at 30 fps (9 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (13 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
960 x 540p at 30 fps (28 Mb/s iFrame)
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 25.9 Megapixel, 6784 x 3816 (16:9)
JPEG: 14 Megapixel, 4992 x 2808 (16:9)
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
JPEG: 20 Megapixel, 5472 x 3684 (3:2)
JPEG: 10.6 Megapixel, 3984 x 2656 (3:2)
JPEG: 2.0 Megapixel, 1728 x 1152 (3:2)
JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 5216 x 3912 (4:3)
JPEG: 10.9 Megapixel, 3808 x 2856 (4:3)
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
Audio Format AAC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital 5.1
Display Type LCD
Screen Size 3"
Screen Resolution 460,800 Dots
Shutter Speed 1/24 - 1/8000 Second (Video)
1/2 - 1/2000 Second (Photo)
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
2 (Low Light Scene Mode)
1 (Night Mode, Color)
0 (Night Mode)
White Balance Modes Auto
Creative Effects Yes
Built-In Mic Yes
Built-In Speaker Yes
Built-In Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Accessory Shoe 1 x Cold
Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
1 x A/V
1 x USB 2.0
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1940 mAh
Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Adapter 5 VDC
Power Consumption Recording: 7.1 W
Charging: 7.7 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.6 x 2.9 x 5.5" / 65.0 x 73.0 x 139.0 mm
Weight 12.38 oz / 351 g without battery and SD card
Package Weight 1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 5.9 x 4.1"